Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan

by Developments In Literacy (DIL) UK
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Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan
Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan
Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan
Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan
Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan
Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan
Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan
Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan
Help DIL UK Educate Children In Pakistan

Ayesha, a student of grade 10 is the eldest of ten siblings. In 2012, her father passed away and her family faced many financial difficulties.  The children were studying in a private school at the time, and it became very difficult for her mother to pay their school fee along with managing the household expenses. so in 2014 we were forced to drop out of school.

"Then my mother heard about the DIL Schooling system, and in 2018 I got admission to DIL Secondary School, S.A Aziz Campus in grade 7. I want to share how I improved in my studies, and also as a person, after joining this school. My classmates, all seemed very confident, whereas I was a shy student with very low self-esteem, because I have a slight speech impediment due a tongue surgery. I was afraid that people would laugh at me.

When I was in the 8th grade, my English teacher decided to conduct a “Conversation Competition”. I told her that I could not take part in this activity. She reassured me that “You can do everything that you want! If somebody laughs at you, it’s their narrow-mindedness, not your fault”.

Encouraged by her, I started to participate in classroom activities and extra-curricular activities. As I gained confidence, I started improving in my studies and received good remarks from all my teachers. I got an A+ grade in grade 9.

Last year, due to COVID-19, we were confined to our homes, but DIL provided us with a great resource. The One Laptop Per Child programme helped me prepare for our exams. When school started again, I attended Career Counselling sessions conducted by the Gateway Trainer which helped me make a career choice: I decided to choose teaching as my profession. 

During second wave of COVID-19, I submitted all tasks on time, attended online sessions and got full marks on all assignments. When school resumed in January, a day of appreciation was held and my efforts were acknowledged by my principal and class teacher in front of the whole school and parents. That was the proudest moment in my life."


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DIL's latest innovation, Technology Enabled Academic Learning (TEAL), represents the acme of all our successes in EdTech interventions over the past 20 years, using video to strengthen core subject instruction in the classroom. Currently, these subjects include math, science, English, and Urdu.

The main purpose of TEAL is to enable students to construct their own understanding of a concept through a combination of video, student-centered learning activities, and assessments. It has recast the way teachers teach and students learn by shifting (a) the teacher's function from direct instruction to guiding students' acquisition of knowledge, and (b) the students from passive to active learners. As newly learned concepts constellate in students' minds, teachers use scripted, activity-based lesson plans to support students in creatively applying those concepts.


TEAL's Uniqueness
Like other similar programs in Pakistan's education system, TEAL complies with national curricular standards (Standard Learning Objectives or SLOs) for each of the 4 subjects. What makes TEAL unique, though, is threefold:

(a) Shortage of electricity in rural areas makes internet access difficult. Once downloaded from the web, TEAL video lessons become accessible even without internet.

(b) DIL develops its own digital content, and enhances it by regularly soliciting feedback from both students and teachers. This continuous feedback improves the quality of instruction, allowing DIL to make adjustments that help students gain better
command of the material.

(c) TEAL standardizes the quality of instruction across schools.

TEAL's Impact
Although DIL has only fully implemented TEAL in Grade 6, it has delivered results. The graph above illustrates the cumulative progress of 407 Grade 6 students between 2018 and 2019 in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) as well as ICT (Islamabad Central Territory) Region. Each student completed 105 pre- and post-assessment tests in the 4 subjects.

In May 2020, Pakistan's Federal Directorate of Education chose TEAL videos for its new PTV Tele School initiative, a statetelevised program which aims to bring quality education to children while schools remain closed because of the coronavirus epidemic.

TEAL's Future
In addition to expanding TEAL beyond Grade 6, DIL is adapting the technology to replace tablets with an economical, scalable LCD (liquid crystal display) that employs a clicker response system. The principles of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking will continue to shape new TEAL content and platform updates. The program shows great promise in improving the academic growth of children throughout Pakistan.


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How RGRK works
How RGRK works

Read to Grow Read to Know E-Libraries for Rural Schools was designed and implemented by DIL to accelerate reading development and comprehension in English, a skill all children must master in order to succeed academically in Pakistan. 

In the face of school closures due to COVID-19, in the fall of 2020 we were still able to move forward with expanding our tablet reading program Read to Grow Read to Know (RGRK) at 8 partner government schools reaching an additional 3,006 children. A class set of tablets for each school, 170 devices in all, were equipped with DIL’s e-library featuring levelled stories from content partner Starfall. Librarians for these schools were hired and trained. Given social distancing in effect leading up to the reopening of schools, interactive training on implementing the RGRK program took place via What’s App and received rave reviews by participants.

School librarians from existing RGRK sites also received refresher training sessions The purpose of these sessions was to allow the librarians to interact and learn best practices from one another. As of the end of 2020, 52 schools are offering RGRK tablet reading aimed at expanding access to quality children’s books that supports reading development. The initiative operates within DIL’s Libraries and Reading Program which aims to develop lifelong reading habits linked to greater success at school and in life.


DIL school Library beneficiaries tell us:

Books are the best weapon to fight any situation that we face in our life. In this pandemic we all are very upset about being locked at home. Finally, DIL provided a way out and resumed book circulation. Now we have opened our library for students and community. And we are circulating library books. Our students are very happy to be able to read while they are at home.

-Ayesha, librarian from DIL Paradise Campus J9


I feel happy as my daughter is reading stories and learning so many things in this lockdown (

- Asghar, parent from NOWA Kot Dinal Shah


Thank you DIL for letting us read books at home. We are very happy and enjoying reading the stories to our siblings.

-Hameeda , student at NOWA Rind

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Dear DIL Trust UK Supporters,

DIL is delighted to join hands with the Federal Directorate of Education, in response to Covid-19, to bring quality education to children across Pakistan. The government's new PTV Tele School initiative, which started airing in early May, aims to advance student learning while schools remain closed nationwide. DIL videos are also being featured on PTV.

Our signature TEAL (Technology-enabled Academic Learning) video instruction has recast the way our students learn and apply new concepts, substantially improving learning outcomes. It now promises to do the same for children who will be watching the Tele School program from home. We are thrilled to be able to contribute so meaningfully when students are at risk of losing a semester or more of their education.

We'd like to thank you for allowing us to continue developing new and improved learning material, and count on your generous support, once again, during these difficult times.


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